13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Keith?

2. Where does Ginny decide to stay in Rome?

3. How does Aunt Peg die?

4. How does Ginny decide to distribute the money?

5. What does the show seem like to Ginny?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ginny feel at the door to the pub and what does Keith tell her?

2. How does Ginny decide to get the money to the artist?

3. What happens when Keith makes a romantic overture to Ginny?

4. Who is Ginny supposed to meet in Edinburgh and why? How does Ginny feel about going there?

5. How does Ginny meet Keith and what does he tell her?

6. What is strange about the package and what's in the package?

7. Who opens the door when Ginny goes to the address in London given in the letter?

8. What is contained in the second envelope?

9. What does Ginny think of the streets in Rome and how does she find the metro station?

10. Describe the process Ginny goes through to purchase the tickets.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

"13 Little Blue Envelopes" belongs to the teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a teen novel and a historical novel?

Essay Topic 3

Ginny is astounded that even from the grave Peg seemed able to give Ginny exactly what she needs most. She had always been good at that in the past, calling intuitively when Ginny needed her. Mari tells Ginny that she was sorry to hear about her Aunt's passing, and claims that Peg felt terrible about leaving Ginny behind. Ginny spends most of the train ride back to London explaining everything to Keith after which he tells her he doesn't like what Peg did to her. Ginny defends her. When they are almost home, he pulls out a small Godzilla that he stole from Mari's and Ginny gets angry. When he sees she doesn't want it, he tosses it on the tracks in the tube station, making Ginny even more angry. Unable to understand why she is so upset, he tells her he'll take the bus and disappears into the crowd before Ginny can say anything else.

1. Discuss, in depth, what you think about Peg's character that Ginny would think Peg could predict Ginny so well. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

2. Mara says that Peg felt terrible about leaving Ginny, and yet, Peg never contacted Ginny about her illness. Discuss what you think is the reason for this. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Ginny was angry at Keith and why do you think Keith became angry at Ginny's anger? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

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